With warmer weather, we have more opportunities to be outside, and that leads to more occasions to get hurt.
What are the most common injuries?
Let’s take a look at how children and adults most often hurt themselves.
Falls — Kids playing sports is a leading cause of falls. Quality coaching, proper training and appropriate equipment can help reduce these injuries. Kids can also fall from trees and even trampolines. Falls can lead to broken bones, which is a common result of accidental injuries and a cause of many childhood doctor visits.
Bicycle injuries — More than 490,000 were hurt in bicycle accidents last year. The reasons include learning to ride or unsuccessfully trying to master a new cycling trick.
The best advice for parents is to have the whole family wear helmets every time they ride.
ATV, scooter or other motorized vehicle injuries — It’s important for parents to stress to children the potential for danger when using these vehicles. Make sure all children learn the correct way to handle these devices.
Burns — Leading causes of childhood burns include fireworks and campfires. Care should be taken that children understand the dangers of fire.
Falls — Like children, adults regularly get hurt simply by falling.
Bicycle injuries — Helmets aren’t just for kids. They can save your life in an accident.
Sports injuries — It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the fun of a moment, but keep in mind that those who over do it can pay a price later. Poor physical preparation is a common cause of back, arm and leg injuries.
Outdoor project accidents. We see patients who are injured cutting the grass, falling from ladders, even gardening. Be aware of how to lift safely and make sure your ladder is on steady footing. Don’t shift your weight too far to the side.
Tips for Staying Safe
You’ve heard it before, but in the summer, we should all keep safety first. Check with your health care professional before taking on a major physical task or a demanding activity.
Stay hydrated. Your body can lose fluids quickly when being active in warm weather.
Warm up before participating in a sport or exercising. And listen to your body. Pain is a sign that you shouldn’t keep pushing, lest you cause worse injuries.
Wear appropriate helmets. They can save your life.
Don’t bite off more than you can chew (see sports injuries).
If you have concerns about an ache or pain you feel is out of the norm (yourself or a family member), don’t slough it off. See your health care professional.
Meet the Author
Joe S. Kohli, MD is an orthopedic surgeon at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.
The information presented in this site is intended for general information and educational purposes. It is not intended to replace the advice of your own physician. Contact your physician if you believe you have a health problem.
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